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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574

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DE ROUBAIX, M. The decolonialisation of medicine in South Africa: Threat or opportunity?. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2016, vol.106, n.2, pp.159-161. ISSN 2078-5135.  http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/SAMJ.2016.V106I2.10371.

The South African Traditional Health Practitioners Act 22 of 2007 is now fait accompli. The Act has been promulgated and the Department of Health (DoH) is proceeding with its implementation. An Interim Traditional Health Practitioners Council and a dedicated DoH deputy director have been appointed, the appointment of a registrar is being finalised, and the DoH has conducted a roadshow to introduce the Act and its implications to groups of traditional health practitioners (THPs) countrywide. The objective is eventual formalisation and professionalisation of THP practice to provide appropriate primary healthcare services through co-operation with biomedical service providers. Biomedical practitioners should understand the provisions of Act 22, and how this may affect their own practices.

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